tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS November 13, 2012 5:30pm-6:00pm PST
the pentagon is investigating e- mails general john allen traded with a florida woman. who is she? bob orr and john miller investigate. nancy cordes on the president's next cabinet. who's coming and who's going in the top jobs? the head of the specialty pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak is called before congress. jim axelrod on t investigation. and they faced down a mass murderer. elaine quijano with the officer who was shot 12 times as he and his partner stopped a bloodbath. >> i confronted evil in the parking lot and evil was not going to leave. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. general john allen, the general in charge of the war in afghanistan, is under investigation tonight in
connection with the same woman who helped bring down the director of the c.i.a., retired general david petraeus. now general allen's nomination to be supreme allied commander of nato is on hold. two of the top military men of their generation have been brought low by their acquaintance with jill kelley, a tampa socialite seen here at her home with the story playing on the t.v. behind her. last spring, kelley complained to the f.b.i. of receiving harassing anonymous e-mails. turned out, those e-mails had been written by a jealous paula broadwell. the investigation then exposed broadwell's affair with c.i.a. director david petraeus. then the f.b.i. found an e-mail trail linking kelley to general allen. and tonight bob orr picks up the story for us from there. bob? >> reporter: good evening, scott, well, the announcement came in the middle of the night
on board an airplane carrying secretary of defense leon panetta to australia. pentagon spokesman george little told reporters secretary panetta asked the white house to postpone general allen's appointment as supreme allied commander in europe. >> on sunday the federal bureau of investigation referred to the department of defense a matter involving general john allen, commander of the international security assistance force, or i.s.a.f., in afghanistan. >> reporter: the matter involves 20,000 to 30,000 pages of information the f.b.i. delivered sunday to the pentagon's inspector general. one senior official says the documents include a couple of hundred e-mails between general allen and jill kelley, the same tampa socialite who triggered the petraeus scandal. the e-mails discovered in kelley's files date back to 2010 when allen served as deputy commander for u.s. central command in tampa. pentagon and f.b.i. sources have
characterized the e-mails as "inappropriate" and "flirtatious." one senior official said, for example, kelley would write something like "saw you on television, you were terrific." allen would respond with something like "thanks, sweetheart." but another senior defense official said some of the e- mails appear to be more than just friendly exchanges, more than just terms of endearment. he went on to say: we would not have had the inspector general looking at this if we didn't believe he may have crossed the line." allen denies having an affair. a person close to kelley said adamantly there was absolutely no physical sexual relationship. that person also noted kelley used an account she shares with her husband to correspond with allen. but even flirtatious e-mails could cost allen his career if the inspector general determines that the content is dishonorable and violates the uniform code of military justice.
a law enforcement source says the f.b.i. turned up no criminal activity and no evidence that classified information was ever compromised in the allen-kelly e-mails but with allen's confirmation hearing pending, the f.b.i. felt compelled to tell the pentagon what it found. >> pelley: thank you bob. today the white house spokesman jay carney was asked whether the president still had confidence in general allen. >> i can tell you that the president thinks very highly of general allen and his service to his country as well as the job he has done in afghanistan. >> reporter: is it accurate to say the president still has full faith in general allen? >> he has faith in general allen, believes he's doing and has done an excellent job at i.s.a.f. and i would refer you to the pentagon for the process under way with regards to general allen. >> pelley: the center of this tale is in tampa where the pentagon's central command is headquarters on an air force base. centcom, as it is known, is in charge of the middle east, petraeus was the head of the command and general allen was
deputy commander. that's how they met jill kelley who often hosted parties for officers and civilians. john miller has more on her story. john? >> well, scott, the picture that emerges of jill kelley has two sides. one portrays a wealthy socialite who devotes a lot of her time to the military. the other is that of a woman who seeks out powerful connections and is not afraid to use them. dr. scott kelley, a prominent tampa surgeon, and his wife jill, a socialite, are on all the right v.i.p. lists at the mcdill air force base. but according to current and former military officials, jill was a force to be reckoned with. kelley participating in events to welcome officers from foreign countries and was even given a certificate naming her honorary ambassador to the coalition forces. a state department spokesman went to pains to say the obvious today-- that she was never an official u.s. ambassador. >> she does not work for the
state department and has no formal affiliation with the state department. >> reporter: but in 911 calls made to tampa police this week about trespassing reporters, jill kelley seems to indicate that her property is considered diplomatic soil. >> i'm a honorary consul general so they should not be on my property. i don't know if you want to get diplomatic protection involved as well. >> reporter: a former military officer told us kelley sought to bypass protocol officers and make direct connections with the top generals such as david petraeus and general john allen. she also courted their wives. sources describe her as a prolific e-mailer and caller. one admiral instructed an aide "you'll have to manage her for me." living in a million-dollar home, the kelleys seemed to perfectly blend social status, patriotism and philanthropy. but records on file with the state of florida show nine different court actions
involving debts, mortgages and a foreclosure. kelley's powerful military connections surfaced in another court matter when she sought help for her twin sister natalie khawam in a bitter child custody fight. general john allen and former c.i.a. director and retired general david petraeus signed letters to the court that bear four star general emblems and are dated five and a half weeks ago. the judge in the case had a different view. he expressed profound concerns about ms. khawam's extreme distortions and severe psychological deficits. he called khawam a psychologically unstable person with an unsteady moral and ethical compass.
>> pelley: now, to be clear, that case involves jill kelley's twin sister. you've been trying to reach both women today. what did you find? >> we got natalie, the twin sister's, lawyer, who didn't address the judge's comments there directly but allowed that any custody hearing involving children is an excruciatingly sensitive, painful and personal proceeding but he says he's not representing her any more. we also got abby nole a very high profile lawyer representing jill kelley now and he said as far as getting letters from petraeus and general allen, friends the have the right to write letters for friends. >> pelley: john, thank you very much. general allen flew to washington to prepare for his nato confirmation hearing, but now that that's on hold he'll be returning to afghanistan. his command was always set to end in february. the man nominated to replace him is general joseph dunford, assistant commandant of the
marine corps. dunford has served 22 months in iraq, he was nominated by president obama october 10. part of his mission would be to help get u.s. forces out of afghanistan by the end of 2014. that vacancy at the c.i.a. is one of many openings in the obama administration. the secretaries of state, treasury, and defense would all like to leave. so what who's coming in? nancy cordes is at the white house for us tonight. nancy? >> reporter: scott, white house officials told me today that u.n. ambassador susan rice is the front-winner to replace hillary clinton as secretary of state despite some strong opposition from some republicans. the 47-year-old u.n. ambassador is a close confidante of president obama, a former rhodes scholar who served as an assistant secretary of state under president clinton. she came under fire from republicans for what she said five days after the attack in benghazi, libya, that killed four americans. here was race on "face the nation."
>> we do not have information at present that leads us to conclude that this was premeditated or preplanned. >> reporter: that would later prove to be untrue, though the white house insisted rice was working off the c.i.a.'s best information at the time. several republicans on the senate foreign relations committee have suggested they might try to block her nomination. florida's marco rubio was noncommittal today. >> obviously she based those comments on directives or information she had and it's important to know who that directive came from and what exactly that information was. >> reporter: massachusetts senator john kerry, the chair of the foreign relations committee, has also expressed interest in the secretary of state job but today sources said he might be considered for secretary of defense instead if leon panetta leaves. and john brennan, the president's top counterterrorism advisor, has emerged as a leading candidate to fill the role unexpectedly vacated by david petraeus as director of the c.i.a. the news about susan rice's standing had all the feel of a trial balloon today, scott, as
white house officials try to determine just how entrenched this republican opposition is and how difficult the confirmation process would be. >> pelley: nancy, thank you. an army prosecutor says that staff sergeant robert bales should be tried and executed for the massacre of 16 civilians in afghanistan. a preliminary hearing wrapped up today at joint base lewis- mcchord in washington state and john blackstone is there. >> reporter: sergeant bales, the prosecutor said, committed crimes that were heinous, brutal and methodical, murders in two afghan villages, including nine children. over three days, survivors testified on a video link from afghanistan. bales' civilian defense attorney, emma scanlon, said the army missed opportunities to examine bales for signs of traumatic brain injury and post- traumatic stress disorder during his four tours in iraq and afghanistan. scanlon suggested the outpost where bales was serving was
poorly supervised with alcohol and drugs in common use. she said bales consumed seven ounces of alcohol on the night of the murders. >> we need to know what it means when somebody is on steroids, alcohol, and sleeping aids, what does that mean about a his state of mind? that question has not been answered. >> reporter: sergeant bales' wife kari left the final day of the hearing alongside her sister stephanie tanberg who read a statement from the family. >> much of the testimony was painful, even heartbreaking, but we are not convinced the government has shown us the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about what happened that night. >> reporter: here in the courthouse on many this military base, the colonel in charge of the preliminary hearing says he will decide by the end of this week, scott, whether to recommend bales face a court- martial. >> pelley: a long way to go yet, john. thank you very much. congress is finding new evidence in the deadly meningitis outbreak. the death toll from hurricane sandy rises.
that meningitis outbreak. the outbreak, linked to contaminated drugs, has spread across 19 states with more than 400 cases and 32 deaths. jim axelrod tells us that congress has summoned the man who runs that pharmacy. >> reporter: this 22-year-old college yearbook picture of barry cadden is one of the few public images of the president of new england compounding center. that will change tomorrow when he's called to capitol hill to testify about the 32 meningitis deaths traced to drugs made by his company. congressman cliff stearns chairs the energy and commerce subcommittee that's investigating. >> i have the right to say there's a debacle here, there's malfeasance, somebody's culpable, come to me and explain why, 32 americans have died, 450 are in the hospital. tell me what happened. >> reporter: actually, stearns expects cadden to remain silent and take the fifth. >> there was clear evidence that the quality control was terrible at new england compounding
center and he was doing nothing about it. so for some reason he was camouflaging and trying to indicate to the f.d.a. that there's no problem. >> reporter: is barry cadden a liar? >> i think obviously he was shading the truth. >> reporter: stearns plans to examine an incident in september of 2004 when cadden was asked by an f.d.a. investigator if n.e.c.c. had trypan blue in stock a non-f.d.a. approved product. cadden said no, according to the investigator, who then reported finding 189 vials of it on site. >> so i think the f.d.a. has a lot to explain here because at this point all of us are just aghast at these number of people that have died as well as a huge number of people who ended up in hospitals. >> reporter: stearns tells us he plans to question f.d.a. commissioner dr. margaret hamburg about why the agency dropped investigations into the trypan blue incident. and another two years earlier when at least two people
developed septic shock after being injected with a drug made by n.e.c.c. we called n.e.c.c. today looking for comment. they didn't respond. the f.d.a. is out with a statement saying it needs to have its authority strengthened and is looking forward, scott, to working with congress to make sure this never happens again. >> pelley: jim, thank you. record flooding in italy has now turned deadly. we'll have the latest just ahead. what's next? he's going to apply testosterone to his underarm. axiron, the only underarm treatment for low t, can restore testosterone levels back to normal in most men. axiron is not for use in women or anyone younger than 18. axiron can transfer to others through direct contact. women, especially those who are or who may become pregnant, and children should avoid contact where axiron is applied as unexpected signs of puberty in children or changes in body hair or increased acne in women may occur. report these signs and symptoms to your doctor if they occur. tell your doctor about all medical conditions
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to the same time. the first shot took me here and that's why my voice is the way it is. >> you can see page running toward murphy, who is on the ground, wounded, out of frame on the right. page shot murphy 12 times. >> he shot me in the back of the skull. and as silly as it sounds, i thought to myself, is that not enough? >> what was the look in his eye? >> i expected this to be -- there to be, like most people, some kind of excitement or anger, or something. but there was nothing. >> about two dozen people were hiding in and around the temple when officer sam linda, the best marksman on the force raced to the scene. >> i'm just stepping out here, i'm bringing the weapon up and giving commands to get down, drop the weapon. >> this is linda's dashboard
camera. and that's his voice. >> when i start firing him, i hit him on the second round. >> he hit page at a range of 60 yards. the wounded gunman shot himself in the head. this video never seen publicly shows linda advancing on the gunman. >> my thought was if i can't shoot him, i'm going to run him over but he's not leaving this parking lot and he's not getting back inside the church. [ yelling ] >> you stopped him. more people could have died? >> he was on a mission. i say i confronted evil in the parking lot and evil was not going to leave there. >> the people who remain and carry on, that's what is important. i went to see the neurologists about the bullet stuck in my skull and he just looked at my
x-rays and he said that's a miracle. you can call it devine intervention, you can call it dumb luck, i'll happily take either one. >> worshipers have returned to the temple and say they have for given page. lieutenant brian murphy has more surgeries ahead. he's not sure if he'll ever rejoin sam linda, but after surviving 12 bullets, he knows anything is possible. cbs news, oak creek, wisconsin. >> and that is the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news, all around the world, good night. good evening. i'm dana king. >> i'm allen martin. it looked like a flash flood had hit daly city. >> water rushing down a sandy hill covering the streets in a sea of brown mud. there was no rain today. this was all because of a water main break. it happened at around 4:30 this
morning near looseain avenue, that is east of 280 near hillside park. cbs 5 reporter joe vasquez is in the neighborhood where people are still digging out of the mess tonight. joe? >> reporter: hi, dana. the mudslide came straight down this hill and as you can see, it virtually missed this entire neighborhood here. cars were the only casualties. >> it really sounded like a rushing river. >> reporter: when neighbors first heard it, they thought it might have been a rain storm and then they stepped outside and gawked. >> when you saw this rushing mudslide, what went through your mind? >> like oh, my gosh, god, please help us. >> reporter: it wasn't an act of god, it was an 8-inch pipeline that burst, blowing out a daly city hillside sending 45,000 gallons of water down a hill creating a massive mud fall that consumed a dozen cars along the avenue. the owners could only watch as the cars were buried up